I wanted to have something light for dinner tonight, I found these three recipes and I thought they'd all pair really well together, and they did!
Goat Cheese and Apple Salad with Cider Viniagrete, Pumpkin-Cider Soup, Guiness and Malt Wheaten Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat bran
1 cup McCann's Irish Oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted Kerrygold Irish butter (I used 2 tbsp)
1 1/2 tsp. barley malt extract (in health food stores)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 1/4 cups Guinness Stout
Preheat oven to 375.
Grease a loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter, add balt, buttermilk, and stout. Mix with a wooden spoon for 30 seconds, until just combined.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, drop the temperature to 325 and bake for 30 more minutes.
Pumpkin Cider Soup
5 tbsp. unsalted kerrygold Irish butter
2 medium onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
6 cups pumpkin or butternut squash
2 small granny smith apples, chopped
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup Irish Cider
2-3 sage leaves
1 cup cream (I usedfat free half and half)
Salt and pepper
Creme Fraiche for garnish
In a large saucepot over medium hear, melt the butter. Add onions and celery, cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add pumpkin, apples, stock, cider and sage. Bring to a boil, turn to low and summer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 mintes, remove sage leaves.
Transfer soup to a food processor in batches and puree until smooth. Return to the pot and stir in cream. Cook until heated through, add salt and pepper to taste.
Goat Cheese and Apple Salad with Cider Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup Irish cider
1/8 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. sugar
salt and freshly ground paper
5 cups salad greens
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 granny smith apples, sliced
Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, shake to combine.
In a large bowl, toss all salat ingredeints with dressing.
All recipes taken from
The Irish Spirit, Margaret M. Johnson. Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2006.